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    Anna Wintour Explained Why Vogue Chose Those Controversial Kamala Harris Covers

    The EIC offers her perspective.

    Over the weekend, Vogue's Februrary 2021 covers featuring Kamala Harris were revealed — and they sparked quite a bit of criticism.

    Vice president-elect Kamala Harris is on the cover of Vogue’s February issue

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    Anna was the guest on a recent episode of the New York Times' Sway podcast that was taped before the covers leaked online — and when they did, host Kara Swisher reached out to the EIC for further comment.

    Anna Wintour at Milan Fashion Week

    Anna said that Vogue "heard and understood" the criticism and that "it was absolutely not our intention to in any way diminish the importance of the vice president-elect’s incredible victory."

    US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks at an event

    "We want nothing but to celebrate Vice President-elect Harris’s amazing victory and the important moment this is in America’s history, and particularly for women of color, all over the world."

    US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks in Wilmington, Delaware

    Anna claimed there was no formal discussion with Kamala's team about the cover choices, and that Vogue's staff "felt very, very strongly that the less formal portrait of the vice president-elect really reflected the moment that we were living in, which we are in the midst — as we still are — of the most appalling pandemic that is taking lives by the minute."

    US Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris speaks at a rally in support of Democratic US Senate candidates, Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff

    "And we felt to reflect this tragic moment in global history, a much less formal picture, something that was very, very accessible, and approachable, and real, really reflected the hallmark of the Biden-Harris campaign and everything that they are trying to — and, I’m sure, will achieve."

    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris arrives at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

    During the episode, Anna claimed that the shoot drew from Kamala's "assured sense of style": "She was very clear on what she wanted to wear. And on the inside picture, she has a super chic blue pantsuit. And I think it’s very much in character."

    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris arrives at the U.S. Capitol wearing a mask to vote on January 1, 2021 in Washington, DC

    "I think the fact that the cover itself is so charming and so relaxed — and for me, so surprising and so real — and as I listen to the president-elect and the vice president-elect talk about empathy, and unity, and bringing people together, to me, this cover symbolizes that. I feel it’s a very welcoming image."

    Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris receives the Moderna Covid-19

    One thing's for certain: The covers generated a lot of conversation while marking a historic occasion in a time that's chock full of them.

    US Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris speaks in Wilmington, Delaware